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Official Journal Summary

21 Jan 2020

Topics: Notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of citric acid originating in the People’s Republic of China; Notice of the impending expiry of cert...Read More

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Anti-dumping Actions

21 Jan 2020

Action: On 20 January 2020, the Official Journal published a notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of citric acid originating in the Chinese mainl...Read More

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Phil Hogan Sets Out Trade Priorities for the Recently Elected European Commission

21 Jan 2020

Earlier this month, Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan visited Paris to hold discussions with the French authorities on the new European Commission’s trade priorities. The topics addressed by the new EU Tr...Read More

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Directive Published Modernising EU Law on Consumer Protection and Facilitating Enforcement of Consumer Rights

17 Jan 2020

On 7 January 2020, new EU rules for consumer protection, as part of the New Deal for Consumers, entered into force. The new rules aim to better enforce and modernise the current EU consumer protection...Read More

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European Commission Presents Draft Reform of EU Trade Enforcement Regulation

15 Jan 2020

The European Commission has presented a proposal that seeks to allow the EU to enforce international trade rules in circumstances where the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) is no longer able to render...Read More

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Official Journal Summary

14 Jan 2020

Topic: Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/11 of 29 October 2019 amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of...Read More

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Brexit Set to Occur End-January, While EU and UK Lay Foundations for Trade Talks

14 Jan 2020

On 9 January 2020, British MPs gave their final backing to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill ensuring that the UK will leave the EU on schedule by 31 January 2020. This will lead to the eleven-month trans...Read More

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EU Launches Roadmap for New Action Plan on Circular Economy and Invites Comments from Industry

10 Jan 2020

The European Commission has launched a consultation on the New Circular Economy Action Plan. It will be open to anyone affected by the proposed action plan to submit comments until 20 January 2020. Th...Read More

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European Union: Market Profile

10 Jan 2020

Hong Kong’s total exports to the EU grew by 2% to US$27.3 billion in the first seven months of 2019, while its imports from the EU rose by 3% to US$23.3 billion....Read More

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China-EU Comprehensive Agreement on Investment May Not Be Concluded in 2020, EU Top Trade Official Says

9 Jan 2020

The 26th round of negotiations for a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) between the European Union and mainland China will be held in Brussels on 16 - 17 and 20 - 21 January 2020. Hong Kong’s...Read More

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Consumer Conditions Scoreboard for 2019 Published, Demonstrating Environmental Awareness of EU Consumers

7 Jan 2020

The European Commission has announced the publication of the 2019 edition of the Consumer Conditions Scoreboard. Consumer Conditions Scoreboards provide an overview of how the EU's single market funct...Read More

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EU-wide Restriction Sought on PFAS Chemicals That Are Commonly Used in Textiles and Other Applications

6 Jan 2020

It was reported just before Christmas last year that the Dutch Government intends to prepare a detailed proposal to phase out the use of poly- and perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS) in the EU....Read More

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New EU Regulations Reduce Tariffs and Open Up Quotas for Large Number of Products

2 Jan 2020

On 27 December 2019, the Official Journal published Council Regulation 2019/2197 which amends framework Regulation 1387/2013 suspending the autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on certain agricultu...Read More

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Official Journal Summary

31 Dec 2019

Topic: Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/2199 of 17 October 2019 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 428/2009 setting up a Community regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering and ...Read More

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EU increases focus on battery technology as it deliberates import ban on dirty batteries

31 Dec 2019

In the month of December 2019, the European Commission Vice President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, Maroš Šefčovič, indicated that batteries falling short of certain environmental st...Read More

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Dutch Government Advocates EU Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

30 Dec 2019

Late last month, the Dutch minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, called on the new European Commission to take the initiative to develop an EU Action Plan on responsible...Read More

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Official Journal Summary

23 Dec 2019

Topic: Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/2193 of 17 December 2019 laying down rules for the calculation, verification and reporting of data and establishing data formats for the purposes of D...Read More

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Anti-dumping Actions

23 Dec 2019

Action: On 19 December 2019, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/2171 initiating an investigation concerning possible circumvention of anti-dumping measures imposed ...Read More

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Mix of Voluntary and Mandatory Legislative Proposals for Sustainable Textiles Put Forward by European Body

23 Dec 2019

Earlier this month, The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), an independent think tank, published a discussion paper titled “Sewing the pieces together: Towards an EU strategy fo...Read More

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Brexit: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Well on Path to Breaking Brexit Deadlock

20 Dec 2019

On 12 December 2019, Prime Minister Boris Johnson returned to Downing Street after winning a large majority in the UK Parliament with a strong mandate to fulfil his promise to leave the EU by 31 Janua...Read More

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